Spurs make PL striker their ‘priority’ as Nuno plans formation change

Date published: Tuesday 13th July 2021 2:46 - Lewis Oldham

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Spurs hope to bring in a Premier League striker to play alongside Harry Kane next season as Nuno Espirito Santo plans to change their formation, according to reports.

Before Euro 2020, Kane made it clear that he wished to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Manchester City have been the first to make an offer for him.

Last month, Pep Guardiola’s side placed a bid that was worth £100m guaranteed for Kane. They are also willing to offer players as makeweights in the deal. 

Every completed Premier League transfer this summer

Kane made a slow start to Euro 2020 as he did not score in any of England’s group games. But he was influential in the knockout rounds as he netted four times as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the final.

Meanwhile, Danny Ings looks set to leave Southampton this summer. He has shone since he joined them in 2018, scoring 41 times from 91 outings in the top flight.

The Saints have offered him a new four-year deal, but the forward has turned this down. 

The Telegraph have reported that Ings is Tottenham’s “priority” signing this summer. He is valued at around £20m with his contract set to expire in 2022.

They add that Spurs are “determined” to keep Kane and that Nuno wishes to switch to a two-man forward line this season. The former Wolves boss wants more striker options as Carlos Vinicius “will not return” to the club.

Earlier this month, Kevin Campbell suggested that Ings would be a “great replacement” for Kane:

“Spurs can try and convince Kane but I truly believe that he is off.

“I think Danny Ings is someone who would be a great replacement for Kane. Of course he could not replace all of the goals and assists that Kane gets but he could certainly help out with a fair few goals. He’s a top striker.

“Kane’s stats last season were incredible. To be top of the goal and assist charts is unheard of. He had a dream season.

“You have to try and replace him somehow though and Ings has had a couple of very good seasons at Southampton.

“He could be one of the players they bring in if Kane leaves.”

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